Learning Health System

As a learning health system, HCA Healthcare collects and analyzes data from our approximately 35 million annual patient encounters to develop technologies and best practices that improve patient care in our facilities. We’re also proud to share our learnings with the larger healthcare community, as well as government agencies, to improve care everywhere.

Some of our recent innovations:

ABATE (Active Bathing to Eliminate Infection) trial to reduce healthcare-associated infections

Participation in a landmark first-in-human study at Sarah Cannon Research Institute that tests the use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR for a genetic condition known as sickle cell disease, which affects millions of people around the world

SwapOut trial to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance caused by widespread use of nasal antibiotics

PatientKeeper application, which allows providers to conveniently access patient medications, labs, X-rays and more from a single source

NATE (Next-Gen Analytics for Treatment and Efficiency) analytics platform, which provides a real-time visual of what is happening in a hospital to facilitate patient throughput, real-time evacuation planning, integrated machine monitoring, and numerous other surveillance and planning activities

Award-winning SPOT (Sepsis Prediction and Optimization of Therapy) algorithm and workflow that helps detect sepsis approximately six hours earlier, and more accurately, than clinicians


better survival rate for in-hospital sepsis development since launching SPOT in late 2018

Woman participating in study

Victoria Gray

Participant in a landmark first-in-human study that uses CRISPR to treat sickle cell disease